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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-27-2008, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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evening folks.i was just wondering does pickups loose a bit of power as they get older,the pickups in my 777vbk are 18 years old how long do pickups normaly last before the sound quality deterioates (if at all) ????.thanks,rob
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Re: pickup question

Yes, they do mellow out. A fair few manufactures do this deliberately and market it as a more "vintage" tone. I wouldn't say the sound deteriorates, it just subtly changes.
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ah good thanks mate.thats put my mind at rest a bit,nice one.rob
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Glad to help. Here's the blurb on Kinman's website about it:

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As a pickup ages it loses some of it's attack and the highs become sweeter with less presence and less Ice-pick-in-your-Ear brittleness. The tone also gets fatter and the pickup looses some dynamic range which means it breaks up easier. New single coils can not be aged artificially as this can only happen in the fullness of time because contrary to certain marketing hype it's not the magnets that age, but I will say that Fender's CS-54 Strat pickup is the closest thing I've heard to aged tone in a new single coil.
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Re: pickup question

But if you wanted to bring back that "new" sound of a pickup, or preserve a newer one so that it doesn't age that much what should you do? Clean them with something and/or pot them? Or should you just learn to love the vintage sound?
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Glad to help. Here's the blurb on Kinman's website about it:
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But if you wanted to bring back that "new" sound of a pickup, or preserve a newer one so that it doesn't age that much what should you do? Clean them with something and/or pot them? Or should you just learn to love the vintage sound?
I suspect the only way to do it would be to have them re-wound and re-potted. This ageing isn't something that happens over a couple of years - it takes a long time, and rewinding just isn't worth the expense unless you are tying to keep a vintage guitar as original as possible.
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I suspect the only way to do it would be to have them re-wound and re-potted. This ageing isn't something that happens over a couple of years - it takes a long time, and rewinding just isn't worth the expense unless you are tying to keep a vintage guitar as original as possible.
Given that an original untampered with Gibson PAF is worth about $3500 today, maybe leaving them alone might be a pretty good idea - almost no pickups sound better new than after a few years of mellowing out, and at least my view is that the longer you let a guitar survive as an un-messed with item, the better the parts learn to resonate with each other, so the guitar just keeps getting better!

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